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“It’s A Great Day … For Georgia”

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PORT OF SAVANNAH CELEBRATES …

S.C. governor Nikki Haley‘s economic development legacy may not be “as advertised” for those of us living in South Carolina … but it’s sure been a boon for the state of Georgia.

Hey … as long as it’s “a great day” someplace, right?

Anyway, this week the Port of Savannah welcomed the MOL Benefactor – a 10,100 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) behemoth that is the largest vessel ever to call on the port.

In toasting the new ship’s arrival, Georgia’s port executives boasted that Savannah “is well-positioned to handle the larger vessels and greater volumes due to the scale and scope of our operations.”

Indeed it is …

And Georgia has no one to thank for that more than Haley.

Five years ago, Haley infamously betrayed her own state’s best economic interests in exchange for some national exposure – courtesy of the chairman of the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA).

Haley’s “Savannah River Sellout” – first exposed by this website – was rebuked without a single dissenting vote in both the S.C. House and the State Senate.  The S.C. Supreme Court blasted her, too.

Unfortunately the damage was done …

The Port of Savannah continues to kick the Port of Charleston’s ass in the aftermath of Haley’s betrayal.  Of course that’s not surprising given the gift-wrapped competitive advantage Haley gave them – or the fact our state’s government-run system remains a nonstop clusterfuck.

In recent months the S.C. State Ports Authority (SCSPA) has come under extensive scrutiny – with a renewed focus on questionable expenses and dubious long-term plans.

But after nearly a decade of following its incompetence, we don’t expect anything to change anytime soon.

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